Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Anita
Well, for those of you who made it here for our Big Brew 2013 event on May 4th, you know that it was a huge success. We put a lot of effort into planning the event this year, and we truly hope it was as fun for you as it was for us! In total, 25+ batches of beer were brewed (and a mead) in our parking lot. It was like “homebrew tailgating” as people brought tents, food, drinks, and made a day out of it. The threat of rain was looming all week prior to the event, but with the combined will power of all the brewers (and I’m sure wind helped out as well), the storm took a 90 degree turn south and just missed us! The day was capped off with the global toast to homebrew given by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard! Here are some pictures from the day, taken by Sarah Hodgin.
In addition to all the brewing festivities, we had other events going on throughout the day that were also very exciting:
- Cheese making 101 class taught by our very own Jenny Kraner
- An off-flavor seminar hosted by yours truly where attendees learned to identify the most common off-flavors in beer
- Several BJCP certified judges helped with our “Ask-a-Judge” event, where homebrewers had the chance to get their beer evaluated by a BJCP judge
- Kyle Kohlmorgen gave his presentation: Methods of Creating and Maintaining a ‘Wild’ House Culture. He will be giving the same presentation at this year’s National Homebrew Conference
- Bier Brewery sold pints of their awesomeness, and BBQ’n Fools provided food
Wow, what a day. We here at Great Fermentations had a blast, and we hope everyone else did as well. Thanks to all who made it out and to those who helped out. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Bill
Recently I had the great opportunity to sit down and talk with the guys from Indiana BrewHaus Radio. BrewHaus is a podcast that talks about all things Indiana Craft Beer, and is another good source for beer lovers/homebrewers to learn more about the Indiana beer scene and what it has to offer. You can listen to our podcast below, and also check them out for future shows. They have a cool drinking game you can play too while listening that definitely makes it quite enjoyable… Of course, be sure to avoid playing this game while driving.
Check out their podcasts here: Indiana BrewHaus Radio
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Posted on April 9th, 2013 by Anita
Each quarter, Wyeast has a special release of 3 yeast strains called their Private Collection. These strains are very unique and are only available while supplies last for that given quarter. Here’s a link to our Private Collection Page where we’ll post the strains as they are available throughout the year. In the meantime though, here is the info on the strains available this quarter, April-June 2013. Get them while they’re still available!
Profile: This authentic strain from one of Germany’s leading brewing schools has a rich flavor profile which accentuates a soft malt finish. It has low or no detectable diacetyl production and will also ferment well at colder temperatures for fast lager type beers.
Beer Styles: Kolsch, Northern German Altbier, Dusseldor Altbier
Alcohol Tolerance: 10% ABV
Temperature Range: 55-70°F (13-21°C)
Profile: This blend includes a German ale strain with low ester formation and a dry, crisp finish. The Lactobacillus included produces moderate levels of acidity. The unique Brettanomyces strain imparts a critical earthy characteristic that is indicative of a true Berliner Weisse. When this blend is used, expect a slow start to fermentation as the yeast and bacteria in the blend is balanced to allow proper acid production. It generally requires 3-6 months of aging to fully develop flavor characteristics. Use this blend with worts containing extremely low hopping rates.
Beer Styles: Lambics, Geuze, Fruit Lambic, Flanders Red Ale
Alcohol Tolerance: 6% ABV
Temperature Range: 68-72°F (20-22°C)
Profile: This well balanced strain from northern Belgium will produce moderate levels of both fruity esters and spicy phenols while finishing dry with a hint of malt. 3739-PC is a robust & versatile strain that performs nicely in a broad range of Belgian styles.
Beer Styles: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Specialty Ale, Belgian Dubbel, Triple and Quad, Belgian Strong Golden and Dark Ales, Belgian Blonde Ale
Alcohol Tolerance: 12% ABV
Temperature Range: 64-80°F (18-27°C)